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Video Case Study for B2B Marketing: Free Whitepaper Download


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How can B2B Marketers make best use of videos to achieve their marketing objectives? Learn more on why you should use video, the different options available, a step-by-step guide and also some real-world examples in this presentation

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Video Case Study for B2B Marketing: Free Whitepaper Download

  1. 1. VIDEO CASE STUDY FOR B2B MARKETING Santoso Thie & Asuthosh Nair
  3. 3. WHY PRODUCE A CASE STUDY It's all about buying and selling, but when you sell something you can't simply push your product into the customer's face and ask them to buy. Do you realize how much advertising is going on around us? With that much of advertising, the level of openness is decreasing and the level of filtering is increasing. Just think about it, 20 years ago when there was only one brand of toothpaste being advertised, everyone went "wow" and used that product. Today, when a dozen toothpaste brands come with claims of dentists' recommendations, nobody cares. Customers are being very picky about what information deserves their attention. When your customers clearly say, "No Touting!" - you had better not. The marketing world, having realized this many years ago, gave rise to terms like "permission marketing" and "thought leadership", where it is believed that you have to influence the way your customers think and make decisions, and - with their approval - lead them to buy your product. If you want to sell toothpaste, you have to get them to agree that good teeth is very critical, and that choosing the right toothpaste is a critical factor. What if they buy your competitor's toothpaste? They are likely to not, because you have described "the right toothpaste" as something that is pretty close to your product - even without mentioning it as so. This is precisely where a case study helps - to lead your customer's thought process. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  2 / 16 
  4. 4. The motivation for a case study is simple - human nature finds it easier to believe in the real and concrete. When there are witnesses and proofs, and when they can learn from others' experience, the judgement becomes easier. When one doesn't have any experience about something, one would use others' experience as consideration; and similar collective experiences would be the most convincing. A case study is the way to present the facts based on others' experience - a report in one way and story-telling in another. It has been around for a while, usually in the printed form. However, with recent advancements in communication media, the video case study is a major enhancement to the traditional way of doing things. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  3 / 16 
  5. 5. WHY VIDEO When we cannot have face-to-face communication, it is better through video because we understand a lot of things through facial expressions and body language. This helps to build a strong connection between the messenger and the audience. And this is one of the main reasons why using video for case studies is a better way. When there are so many things fighting for our attention, time is a valuable commodity. To communicate more efficiently and effectively would always have a positive effect in your marketing efforts. Besides the fact that a video touches most of our senses, it also helps establish an emotional connection. With the right execution, video can amuse, excite and inspire. Not only can it make the audience understand and agree, they could be led to believe strongly in and be moved by the message. This is exactly the aim of marketing: not just to inform, but also to move the customer to act in our favor. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  4 / 16 
  6. 6. DELIVERY DVD video is a familiar format to all. It is a fairly common practice to give away DVDs with brochures at seminars and marketing events. But this is not necessarily the most efficient way to spread the message. As technology enhances the way we communicate, you can now send video to an email inbox, have it hosted on a server and link to it, or (as is becoming increasingly popular) embed it in your website. You can put it up on many popular video sharing sites like YouTube, or share it on social media sites like Facebook. Your video can now travel without limits and you can start getting ready for a global audience. Localization could be the next consideration so that people in China, East Europe or Africa can understand the message clearly. “ 100,000,000 By the end of Q1 2009 there were 429.2 million broadband subscribers worldwide. Over the 12 months to the end of Q1 2009, 63.5 million new broadband subscribers were added worldwide, representing 14.8 per cent of total subscribers. World Broadband Statistics: Q1 2009, Fiona Vanier, June 2009, Point Topic Ltd When we talk about digital video - compared to text or PDF files that you send via email - it sounds demanding. But it isn't. Just like a boat cruising on a river - with many things to carry - would it be too big for the stream of data? Of course it would be bigger than text or audio, but we do have bigger rivers nowadays too. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  5 / 16 
  7. 7. There is no better time to get a bigger ship, fully loaded with all the potential of digital media! And you need not worry about the size of the "ship", as with continuous improvements in digital media, video file sizes are getting smaller with ever increasing quality. Now that we have a great medium for delivering the message and a captive audience, let us look at how to make a great video that would effectively communicate your message. The number of users viewing video-sharing sites such as YouTube has almost doubled since 2006. It is found that 62% of adult internet users have used video sharing sites, and watching video online outranks many other online activity such as social networking (46%), downloading podcast (19%) or sharing updates (11%) 19% 14% 46% 62% Video Social Network Podcast Twitter Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, April 2009 The comScore 2008 Digital Year in Review (comScore) confirms this with their finding that online video viewing accounted for 12.5% of users total time spent on the Internet in November 2008, up from 8.5% the previous year. Source: Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  6 / 16 
  8. 8. WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD VIDEO CASE STUDY A case study should essentially be objective and sincere. The main message should come from customers, partners and other stakeholders not in your company or marketing team. Well, at least the audience should have that impression. Positive messages would come from those who benefited most from the deployment. Obviously you would want to push a positive message, so pick a winning case or best practice. Find customers that have positive experience with the solution or product, and ask for their support. Their words though ought not be scripted, and sounds better when uttered naturally. It should be more ‘human’ and less technical, to cater to a diverse audience. It should focus more on their experience - how the product or the service helps them - and not about how good the product is. Some companies make the mistake of having their own CEO, Product Manager or Marketing Manager featuring in the video, raving about their super product. If possible, avoid involving your own staff. Use them to provide information (such as technical specifications), and not to make any judgements, such as “this is good!”. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  7 / 16 
  9. 9. Keep references to the product subtle, and do not oversell it. You should focus more on the benefit enjoyed or problem solved by the customer. Like in the earlier example: if you want to sell toothpaste, get your customers to agree that a clean mouth is very critical and that choosing the right toothpaste helps - instead of saying how good your toothpaste is. You cannot hypnotize them to buy the product, but you can expect to direct the way they think about the situation and the problem, and to agree with your solution. That is not an easy job! And that's why it is critical to have good planning, but stay flexible as much as you can. Creativity is required most when flexibility is needed, e.g., when you have to change the story flow to fit the quotes you get from the interviews. To understand the process better, please allow me to share the process flow of video case study production in our team. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  8 / 16 
  10. 10. (I) Needs Analysis: Understand the background, understand the situation, and   understand the objectives. (II) Resources Analysis: Who will be involved in producing the video? Who will be featured in the video? Most of the time this is when production costs can be gauged as well. (III) Pre-production Storyboarding & Production Planning: The production team starts to plan the video flow. How it should begin, when the message should kick in, how it should close. Who will be interviewed and about what, and who should appear first and who follows. With a clearer idea of content and messaging, the creative director would also plan for the music and overlay (B-roll) shots, the editing style and the overall look and feel of the video. At the end of this process, the creative brief and interview questions would be distributed to relevant people. (IV) Production: Lights, Camera, Action! This is when the director should be most engaged, as no one would like a re-shoot. The interviews are best done as if they are a natural conversation, relaxed but confident - and not as a scripted question-and- answer session. The interviewee looks slightly off-camera as if talking to somebody seated next to it. As much as the interviewer should stick to the planned interview flow (with prepared questions), he or she should be flexible and decisive, to pick up a chance to build up another flow based on the response. He should be intelligent and creative enough to ask unprepared questions if there is chance of a good story build up, without applying too much pressure on the interviewee. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing 9 / 16
  11. 11. (V) Post-production storyboarding and Video Editing: A detailed storyboard is built using the interview transcript. It does not always have to be exactly like the planned storyboard prior to filming. Some good quotes might surface, and some facts or interesting point of view might emerge that was not considered previously. If they can be used to build a better case study, so be it - as long as the team sticks to the objectives of the production. The creative juices of the video production team should be in full flow during this process too. Cut, retouch, colour grading, effects, music and sounds are all essential ingredients. How much footage should be used, and how long should the final video be? There is no common standard for this, but a common best practice is: • 10 - 15 seconds of pre-roll (or some call it bumper) • 40 - 60 seconds of introduction (where you have the problems or situation defined) • 100 - 140 seconds of key messages (the core that has to convince the viewer) • 30 - 50 seconds of closing (summary or call to action) Three to five minutes would be a good duration, and this would also be how long people would watch a video online before they get distracted or bored. If you have plenty for their plate, then split them into smaller plates. Have a series with each video focusing on specific topics. That way you would also have better penetration as your audience will have the flexibility with their points of interest.   Video Case Study for B2B Marketing 10 / 16
  12. 12. SHOOT ONCE FOR MULTIPLE VIDEOS Obviously you would have spent some effort and resources in making the video. Your audience will appreciate this too, it will have a different impact from simply reading a case study and watching it come to life. Since time and money has gone into its making, you might as well grab the full benefits of it. We started this whitepaper with marketing as the aim of a video case study, but it does not end with that. You can use it for management training, market study or even documenting a success story. Optimize the production so that the footage can be used for other purposes. For example if you arrange a question list for an interview, slip in some other questions that produce some great quotes, that you could use in other marketing initiatives. Slip in some technical questions and expect the engineer you interview to give a good analysis of the situation. Use it for executive presentations material, and re-edit it for training purposes. When it comes to return on investment, your organization would require numbers and statistics. We can measure how many times the video has been watched, how long it was watched, at what point the user stopped watching, and even the most-watched portion of the video (if they are given the ability to jump to certain points). We can also have questionnaires at the end of the video to garner audience impression. Some viewer information can be retained, such as location or system configurations, and sales leads can be generated using such data. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  11 / 16 
  13. 13. REAL WORD INSTANCES OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VIDEO CASE STUDIES: A market leader in the enterprise space, Cisco wanted to bolster their awareness as a Small and Medium Business-friendly technology vendor as well. They encouraged their partners to bring forward solutions designed for SMEs and bring them to the front line of small businesses around the world. The first few success stories in each region were documented as video case studies, and featured on their campaign main site. As more and more success stories emerge, they keep updating the site with the latest case studies, covering various businesses and regions. When small business owners watch these videos, they are convinced by the message - Cisco is the perfect solution for small business. Check out Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  12 / 16 
  14. 14. IBM is building on a fact everyone agrees on, that today the business environment is challenging on many fronts and companies need dynamic infrastructure to be successful. They need to push the idea that IBM has the solutions and services that help customers meet their objectives in the current business atmosphere. Again, it's a space on the main website ( linking to the campaign site ( with video case studies featured on the main page. Within 3 minutes, they deliver what their customers' challenges were and how the success story evolved. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  13 / 16 
  15. 15. Although most of Adobe's products are meant for designers or multimedia programmers, they know they must see beyond these people. They have to convince the decision makers from manufacturing, healthcare, education, and even government. They do have customers from this field, and they have nice stories to tell - indeed they have plenty of "video testimonials" and "success stories" for each of their products, nicely served at the product sites. For example, you can check the stories about Adobe Flash here: Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  14 / 16 
  16. 16. Many more example abound. In fact almost all successful companies have their "customer stories" on video besides the usual PDF files or web sites. And the trend is moving along with the growth of social media - you can easily find video case studies on blogs, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Try a search on YouTube about your services or solutions with the additional keywords of "customer story" or "customer testimonial" or "success story", and check if your competitor is there! What would be more interesting is how many times it's been viewed. Hopefully, their video case study is not that well executed, in which case you can do something about it because you have read about what makes a good video case study. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  15 / 16 
  17. 17. B2B marketing requires a different approach from conventional B2C marketing. In fact the B2B marketing space is evolving continuously, accommodating developments in the social media space, among others. B2Bento blog serves to capture the essence of this evolution. From the latest developments, reviews, tools and other cool stuff, to our take on what’s happening from an Asian perspective – B2Bento curates what’s out there into a neatly presented, healthy mix of stuff you can consume with minimal fuss. GETIT COMMS We are a team of consultants who see marketing programs, campaigns and projects through from conception and planning to execution and final delivery. We provide innovative marketing & communication solutions for Hi-Tech & Telco companies using interactive digital media (IDM) and social media. We understand the nuts-and-bolts of our client products & service offerings and know how to best present these to the intended audience. Established in 1997 we have more than a decade of experience in delivering results to major corporations such as Cisco Systems, HP, IDC, IBM, Singtel, Datacraft, Arbor Networks, CMP Asia and CNET Asia. Video Case Study for B2B Marketing  16 / 16